When stress takes a toll, GABA may help
We all know when stress starts to feel unmanageable. It triggers increased heart rate, shallow breathing, and perhaps tightness in the chest. It interferes with sleep and mood and can even make it hard to focus.
When stress is unmanaged over the long term, it can cause a variety of problems, including sleeplessness, loss of focus, and mental health challenges as well as weight gain, weakened immune system, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
If you’re prone to feelings of stress or overwhelm, take a look at gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. This little-known neurotransmitter may play a role in stress management.
What is GABA?
As an inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA is a chemical messenger, which blocks impulses between nerve cells in the the brain, essentially slowing down the body’s stress response. It is believed to result in calmer, more relaxed feelings. With stress under control, sleep and focus may also improve. Conversely, insufficient levels of GABA could amplify nervous, stressed, or anxious feelings.1
How can I boost my GABA intake?
GABA is produced by the brain and can be found in various grains and in fermented foods and beverages.2 Specifically, you might benefit from GABA in flaxseed, buckwheat, broccoli, peas, chestnuts, and sweet potatoes, as well as yogurt and kefir. Regular, ongoing exercise may also boost GABA levels.
When it’s difficult to get enough GABA through diet and exercise or due to age-related decline in GABA levels, supplementation might help. Since GABA supplements are fast-acting and non-addictive, they are often recommended by physicians and therapists to target stress and worry, while balancing mood.
PharmaNutrics’ GABA 600 targets stress, worry, and sleeplessness. It can be taken in anticipation of a stressful event (such as a presentation or travel) or at the onset of stressful feelings. Its vegetarian capsules are made from Pullulan capsules with natural excipients.